OK folks, I covet your prayers for Mr. Snowblower (even though coveting is a sin).
He's in the snowblower hospital being evaluated for major surgery or perhaps even an assisted suicide.
He and Mulletman were cheerfully clearing away the remnants of the last storm when suddenly he (Mr. Snowblower, not Mulletman) grabbed his left shoulder and collapsed (figuratively speaking). I had to help Mulletman heft him up into the mini van and I can assure you that he (Mr. Snowblower, not Mulletman) was unable to help us at all - pure dead weight.
It's that bad.
Yes, I know he's a blow hard, but he's an intregal part of our Groovy family here and we wouldn't know what to do without him, especialy in the winter! In MAINE!
And it snowed all night last night.
AND it's supposed to snow more today.
AND Mulletman's brother, Uncle Pickle-Nose is supposed to be flying in from California today for a Christmas visit.
Where'd I put the phone number of Plow Guy?
And Looky what just came in the mail!
Those cute little ornaments are from Terri at Lakewood Manor as part of Kathleen's Christmas ornament swap. Thank you, Terri!
And now I have to apologize that Terri does not yet have her ornaments from me. I was feeling quite guilty about this until yesterday. I have been having a truly horrible time trying accomplish anything this month.
This is not because I have been lazy, nor because I have been overbooked. It is not because I have been purposely procrastinating nor because I am a poor time manager. It is because I suffer from S.A.D..
I've experienced the symptoms of S.A.D. for several years now and about 3 years ago I started a regimen of taking St. John's Wort from early October through mid-March. That helped me tremendously. Until this year. This year it's really bad.
I have trouble getting up in the morning. I am EASILY overwhelmed. I feel exhausted all the time. I fight constantly with negative thoughts and feelings that people said or did things "on purpose". I, who am usually obnoxiously optimistic, struggle with hopelessness. I don't want to go anywhere or do anything. I'm having a tough time keeping the girls rolling with school. I'm completely undone emotionally by two simple sewing projects - one of them being the ornaments I'm making for Terri and my 2 pay-it-forward gals. I want to eat all the time and if Mulletman wasn't holding me accountable I sure as heck would not be working out several times a week! (Good thing I am or I would have gained several pounds by now!) I don't want to clean my house and the thought of fixing food for Christmas makes me want to hide in a closet until everyone goes away.
I was beating myself up over all this until I realized that it's the S.A.D. and that it is, indeed, worse this year. I wonder if this has anything to do with my sun "allergy" and my need to stay out of the sun in the summer. Usually, Mainers are out and about soaking up all the rays they can in the warmer months, and I haven't been able to do that this past two years.
Maybe I could get a research grant to check the connection between Polymorphic Light Eruption and S.A.D.!
And maybe not.
So ladies, I WILL get those ornaments out to you, but please be patient with me...
In the meantime, Mulletman and I are looking into purchasing a Light Therapy Box that is used for treating S.A.D. They're quite expensive though, so I'm seeing if our insurance will pay the price tag for us. Of course that means I'll need a doctor's visit and an order to use one. And they'll probably want me to have a complete physical and won't be able to schedule me in until March and by then I'll be back to my happy self and won't need the light box and it will all be moot.
In other, happier news: After this Saturday, the daylight hours start getting longer again!